Paramount's true-lifebasketball drama Coach Carter knocked off Meet The Fockers toopen top over the three-day portion of Martin Luther King Day weekend on anestimated $23.6m.
While Fockers slippedto second place for the first time in its record-breaking four-week run, WarnerBros' family comedy Racing Stripes opened in third place on $14m, andTwentieth Century Fox's Daredevil spin-off Elektra disappointedin fifth place on $12.5m.
Universal's In GoodCompany, Paul Weitz's relationship drama starring Dennis Quaid and TopherGrace, enjoyed a huge boost in its first wide weekend as it soared 29 places tofourth on $13.9m for a $14.4m running total. The picture expanded from three to1,566 screens.
Samuel L Jackson stars in the well-received Coach Carter, playingthe infamous high school coach Ken Carter who benched his entire undefeatedteam in 1999 for poor academic results.
Paramount released Thomas Carter's (no relation) picture inconjunction with its Viacom stablemate MTV Films for a $9,359 average on 2,524 screens.
Racing Stripes centres on the adventures of a zebra that think it'sa racehorse. Frankie Muniz, Hayden Panettiere and Whoopi Goldberg star inFrederik Du Chau's animated/live action hybrid, which drew mediocre reviews andaveraged $4,440 on 3,185 screens.
Distribution chiefs atTwentieth Century Fox will be disappointed by the critical and commercialresponse to Elektra's debut, which earned $12.5m for an average of$3,901 on 3,204 screens.
Jennifer Garner stars as thehigh-kicking assassin who must defeat a unit of supernatural foes. GoranVisnjic and Terence Stamp also star.
Meet The Fockers has grossed $230.8m to date, while in its secondweekend Universal's paranormal thriller White Noise fell four places to sixthon $12.2m for $41.2m.
Miramax's The Aviator,fell fourth to seventh on $4.8m for $49.9m after its fifth weekend.
Next weekend's wide releasesinclude Rogue Pictures remake of Assault On Precinct 13 starring EthanHawke and Laurence Fishburne; and Sony's family comedy Are We There Yet',which stars Ice Cube and Nia Long.
Estimated Top Ten US Jan14-16 2005
Film (Distributor)/International distribution/Estimated weekend gross/Estimatedtotal to date
1 (-) Coach Carter(Paramount) UIP $23.6m -
2 (1) Meet The Fockers (Universal) DreamWorks Int'l $19m $230.8m
3 (-) Racing Stripes (Warner Bros) Summit Entertainment $14m -
4 (33) In Good Company (Universal) Various $13.9m $14.4m
5 (-) Elektra (Fox) Fox Int'l $12.5m -
6 (2) White Noise (Universal) Mandate Pictures $12.2m $41.2m
7 (3) The Aviator (Miramax) Miramax Int'l $4.8m $49.9m
8 (4) Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events (Paramount)DreamWorks Int'l $3.9m $111m
9 (9) Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of The Opera (Warner Bros)Odyssey Entertainment $3.6m $26.4m
10 (6) Ocean's Twelve (Warner Bros) Warner Bros Int'l $2.9m $119.8m